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Citation:Trusty, J. (1999). Effects of eighth-grade parental involvement on late adolescentsÕ educational experiences. Journal of Research and Development in Education, 32(4), 224-233.

The researcher investigates the influence that parentsÕ involvement in their childrenÕs education has on the childrenÕs post-secondary educational expectations. The results of the analysis indicated that parent-reported school organization involvement was predictive of high post-secondary educational expectations, while parent-reported home-based involvement and student-reported school organization involvement were weakly related. The strongest indicator of high post-secondary educational expectation was studentsÕ reports of parent involvement at home and parents attending school events. Parent involvement at home included discussing programs, school activities, and things studied in class. At higher levels of socioeconomic status, the relationship between parent involvement and college aspirations was stronger. The researcher examined the National Education Longitudinal Study (NELS:88) data set of a national sample of 9,929 eighth graders that assessed parent involvement in the eighth grade and considered whether students expected a bachelorÕs degree or higher six years later. A factor analysis reduced the parent involvement criteria to the following four: parent-reported school organization involvement, parent-reported home-based involvement, student-reported school organization involvement, and student-reported home-based involvement. Student aspiration to continue education beyond high school is related to several ways their parents have been involved in education, especially home discussions about school. It would be interesting to look at low socioeconomic families to find out whether the same relationship holds, since expense is often seen as a barrier to higher education.

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